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Savannah Guthrie

To Take Ann Curry's Chair

TOMORROW

6/28/2012 4:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ann Curry
's chair isn't even cold yet ... but "Today" producers have already lined up a new ass to fill it for tomorrow's show ... and it belongs to Savannah Guthrie -- the woman who will replace Curry.

NBC sources tell us, Savannah will be anchoring with Matt Lauer Friday ... and it's "likely" they will formally announce the big switch during the show.

We're told the reason it's likely is because Matt is on vacation all next week for the holiday -- and the network wants to announce his new co-host while he's still around ... to show a united front.

TMZ broke the story ... Ann would be getting the chop after Matt made it clear he didn't want to work with her anymore. The declining ratings at "Today" didn't help.

After Ann's emotional exit announcement on Thursday's show, sources say she was in no mood to talk ... and kept quiet by herself in the studio until it was time to leave.

During exit negotiations, Ann had previously demanded the remaining $20 million of her co-hosting contract -- but NBC didn't want to pay her that kinda cash. It's unclear what kind of payout Ann will get, but our sources say NBC offered $10 mil.

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106.

ManiacalZebra    

Time for Today's ratings to drop even more.

854 days ago
107.

Andrea    

Ann Curry...you are a class act. You should be proud of how far you have come in this business-especially as a female. Matt made things very awkward not you...he was standoffish at times and it was uncomfortable to watch...you are a bright, smart , upbeat women with a real talent fo telling real news and getting good details from important interviews...I have enjoyed watching you...you get more beautiful each year and more classy. I will miss you on the show...the way this was handles was classless and the phony facial expressions and actions from Matt Lauer for just horrible. The ratings went down because some of us actaually need to know what is going on in the world- not watching new advertisers try to hawk their productsor the geeky style shows, etc. The show has really hit a low now and I actually have been unable to watch for months now.,,,it just makes me angry because i seems to be targeting idiots...so sad to see you go but you will see that you will move on to bigger and better things...they should have handled it better- your last statements touched my heart...you really did try....I could see it in your eyes and the true sincerity in your words and actions. Classy, classy lady. Savannah Guthrie????? WHat??? She is no easy on the eyes and has an awkward goofy way about her...she was not the right person for the job...the ratings will continue to plummet- Matt- now you will see that everyone is tired of your pompous, arrogant ways- you guys have put this baby in a basket to hell now...keep going with your goofy things you do- you lost a great person today- inside and out- you will regret it NBC> Ann...you go girl! You have the guts and grits of what it takes to do real news...the today show was much to petty for yor...it was time to move on- a blessing in disguise. The future looks very bright for you now! Fight hard for your entire salary you are owed and walk away...you will find a great gig eleswhere- show them how smart classy people do it! Don't take any crap from them- that was a great diss you made when Matt tried to kiss you goodbye...classic! Time to take this thing to the next level...time to be really happy going to work on your new venture- not worrying about these back stabbing a-holes talking about you behind your back. Be thankful for all you have learned and been through- you are definitely somone that millions of women look up to these days(there are very few)...hug your husband and kids and just take some family time and enjoy yourself! You have looked far too stressed for too long....but still beautifl as ever.

Look fowrard to watching again soon in whatever future endeavors you decide...real news would be great! Hold your head high and smile...you are awesome!

854 days ago
108.

BILL    

I CAN BET YOU THAT IF RATINGS STILL PLUNGES MORE, THEN MATT WILL B THE NEXT TO THE EXIT DOOR, AND A NEW DRAMA BEGINS.

854 days ago
109.

Regina     

have watch The Today Show for >50 yrs. ABC here I come!

854 days ago
110.

chloe larkin    

The ratings? They're going to get worse now and unless you intend to put Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Topac's hologram on a panel of hosts with Lautner. You would need that much star power to make him look remotely interesting this is just the beginning of his demise. He's out stayed his welcome with the public and now that he has Ann fired, he's lost more viewers. Besides He really is moving towards boreing.

854 days ago
111.

BoomerSooner    

Can you say triple minority? Pay up NBC, you Narcissistic jerks.

854 days ago
112.

kr - oh boy MATT    

why don't you mention your adult child in Boston which is where you got your start.

854 days ago
113.

Joy    

The truth is, in spite of Gayle King , the thoughtful and smart Charlie Rose makes GMA worth watching. I was a Today Show fan since Barbara Walters hosted -- when they started letting Al Roker do interviews - I had to stop watching.

GMA with Charlie Rose is my morning show favorite.

854 days ago
114.

country girl    

Matt couldn't take it because everyone liked Ann awhole lot more than him. Get rid of Matt and Al. Ann is to good for them. I won't watch The Today Show any longer. I will be watching for Ann. Good Lucky Ann.

854 days ago
115.

matt    

thats not gonna get rateings up promote natalie morales much better looking than S.G

854 days ago
116.

ju    

get rid of that moron matt he is so boring and ugly and a ass why would you keep that idiot ive watched him one he is a tatal failure

854 days ago
117.

Tired of change    

i have watched Ann for years went out with grace and poise. I don't like Savanna. Better find another

854 days ago
118.

Rustie    

GMA here I come.

854 days ago
119.

Rustie    

GMA here I come. Who is going to get booted out next?

854 days ago
120.

Vanessa S    

MATT is an ASS!!! He's pretentious and this sort of behavior is no surprise. ANN is a class act and she will be surely missed. God speed Ms. Curry. Guam loves you!!!

854 days ago
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